Cheese Zombies are pillowy soft, buttery bread rolls filled with gooey, cheesy goodness. Fresh and warm out of the oven, they are completely irresistible!
Prep Time: 1hr
Cook Time: 20mins
Total Time: 1hr20mins
1 1/2tablespoonsactive dry yeast
1/3cupplus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar, divided
1cuplukewarm whole milk
1/4cupunsalted butter, softened
1largeegg, lightly beaten
4 1/2cupsunbleached all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
8ouncesVelveeta processed cheese, cut into 16 cubes
1/4cupunsalted butter, melted
Line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine water, yeast, and 1 teaspoon sugar. Stir to dissolve and set aside until foamy, 5-10 minutes.
Add milk, softened butter, salt, remaining 1/3 cup sugar, egg, and 2 cups of the flour. Mix until well combined, and then add remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until dough just starts to clear the sides of the bowl (you may not need it all.)
Transfer to a lightly floured surface and knead until a soft, elastic dough forms.
Transfer dough to a lightly oiled bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm place for about 15 minutes.
Turn the dough out into a rectangle and divide into 16 equal pieces. Shape pieces into rounds, then flatten slightly. Tuck a cube of cheese into the center of each round and pinch the dough around the cheese, tightly together at the bottom, working to shape each one into a round, tight ball.
Place rolls, pinched-side down on the prepared baking sheets, spacing them about 2 inches apart. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise again in a warm place for about 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375° F.
Brush the tops of the rolls with melted butter. Bake for 15 minutes, switching baking sheets halfway through baking time. Brush the tops with remaining butter and bake for 5 more minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from the oven and cool slightly before serving, but still hot enough that you get that awesome gooey cheese when you break them open!
NOTE: Do not substitute the Velveeta for real cheddar cheese. It won't melt properly and will make them greasy. For helpful tips refer to the full article and be sure to watch the video for visual help.
Nutritional information given is an automatic calculation and can vary based on the exact products you use and any changes you make to the recipe. If these numbers are very important to you, I would recommend calculating them yourself.